Sainsbury’s is one step ahead once again this Easter, becoming the first UK retailer to roll out an Easter egg packaging recycling facility.
As part of its initiative to cut the amount of household waste going to landfill, the supermarket will extend the recycling facility to 400 stores after its trial in 50 last year and customers will be able to recycle all elements of their chocolate egg’s packaging – including plastic, film, card, foil and ribbon.
Manufacturers have taken steps to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging used for our chocolate eggs over the past few years, with chocolate giants Nestlé removing 175 tonnes of packaging from its Easter egg range this year with no reduction in the size of its eggs. In 2012, the chocolate manufacturers became the first major confectioner to announce that its entire range of Easter egg packaging would be 100% recyclable and have no plastic packaging!
However, Easter eggs still generate an estimated staggering 3,000 tonnes of waste in the UK each year according to WRAP and Sainsbury’s are aiming to help combat this. Sainsbury’s head of sustainability, engineering, energy and environment, Paul Crewe, said: “The Easter egg recycling bin helps at a busy time when there might be an increase in household waste that can be put to positive use – particularly as it allows for materials like rigid plastic which might not be universally accepted elsewhere.”
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